Ella Cheever Thayer

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Ella Cheever Thayer
Born (1849-09-14)14 September 1849
Portland Cumberland County Maine, United States
Died 28 October 1925(1925-10-28) (aged 76)
149 West Canton Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American United States
Period 1879–1897
Genre Fiction
Literary movement Suffragette

Ella Cheever Thayer (September 14, 1849 – October 28, 1925) was the daughter of apothecary George Augusta Thayer [October 19, 1824 – December 13, 1863] and homemaker Rachel Ella Cheever Thayer [October 18m 1823-May 15, 1907]. One sister, Mary Georgie Thayer [October 9, 1869 – March 30, 1912], was a school teacher.


Ella was a playwright and novelist. A former telegraph operator [1] at the Brunswick Hotel[2] in Boston, Massachusetts, who used her experience on the telegraph as the basis for a book ("Wired Love, A Romance of Dots and Dashes"[3] was a bestseller for 10 years[4]).

She was a playwright, writing "The Lords of Creation"[5] in 1883 as a suffragette (her play is reviewed in the book "On to Victory: Propaganda Plays of the Woman's Suffrage Movement" by Bettina Friedl, Published in 1990, ISBN 1-55553-073-7) and it was one of the first suffragette plays.[6]

She also wrote "Amber, a Daughter of Bohemia",[7] a drama in 5 acts, in 1883. She also wrote short stories for magazines including "The Forgotten Past" in Argosy (magazine) (January, 1897).

She lived in Saugus, Massachusetts.[8] Thayer died of liver cancer; her ashes were placed on November 1, 1925 in Biglow Chapel, Mt Auburn, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts


  1. ^ Jackson, Maggie (December 19, 2004). "Balancing Acts". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Collins, Paul. "Love on a Wire". Uncollected Paul Collins. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Book Reference". Library of Congress Book lists. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jepsen, Thomas C. "Women Telegraphers and the Railroad in Pennsylvania". The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ wjkennaugh (February 2, 2008). "Wired Love – A Romance of Dots and Dashes – Ella Cheever Thayer". No Link Left Unclicked (Blog). wordpress.com. 
  6. ^ "Suffragist Plays". Answers.com. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Library of Congress, Copyright Office (1918). "Dramatic compositions copyrighted in the United States, 1870 to 1916 .. (Volume 1)". Dramatic compositions copyrighted in the United States, 1870 to 1916 .. (Volume 1). Government Printing Office. p. 10. 
  8. ^ Robinson, E.P. "Sketch of Saugus" (PDF). The Bay State Monthly. 

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